Perfect vision: A glance into the upcoming year

Grace Strayer, Editor-in-Chief of On The Prowl

Unfortunately, I do not have a crystal ball, meaning I cannot see into the future. However, I do have some predictions about 2020 and what the year may bring. 

Artists: Each year new artists emerge and some even go on to make it pretty big. In 2019, artists like Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi and Lizzo released multiple hits. The songs that made them big had been out previous to 2019, but this was the year they each got their major break. Looking into 2020, Vevo has released a list of artists that they feel have potential in the upcoming year. This list includes a variety of genres like: country singer Matt Stell, British musician Arlo Parks, Spanish singer Beba and an alternative rock group, Liily. 

Movies: As for upcoming movies, Disney’s live action adaptations tend to gain decent momentum. “Mulan” hits theaters March 27. Disney’s hit movie “Trolls” will also release a sequel called, “Trolls World Tour” in April. Aside from Disney movies, films showing a promising potential in 2020 include: Marvel’s “Black Widow” with Scarlette Johansson, “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” starring Finn Wolfhard from “Stranger Things,” “Wonder Woman 1984” with Gal Gadot, another James Bond movie called “No Time To Die,” and for scary movie fans, “A Quiet Place Part II.” 

Technology: The tech world holds lots of potential this year. Now that car companies have began experimenting with self-driving technology, more accomplishments along these lines will be released. I predict that robot-like features will begin to play larger roles in everyday life by making daily tasks easier and more simple. The well-known Alexa or Rumba won’t be the only technology that dominates daily life. Jumping to cellular technology, the New York Times predicts that despite 5G’s “anticlimactic” release, in 2020 5G will begin its rise in popularity and usage. 

Climate: Environmentally, I think that 2020 will be a pivotal year for climate change and activists. With Greta Thunberg gaining publicity in 2019, the momentum is sure to carry into 2020. However, we are still suffering from extreme weather and violence. I’m sad to say that crazy wildfires *Australia* will continue to burn in 2020 and ice caps will continue to melt, and we will lose species as animals become extinct. 

On a brighter note, by 2020 the U.S. military has promised to get half of its energy from renewable sources. Their goal is to rely 50 percent on biofuels. Biofuels produce a lesser carbon footprint, helping to reduce greenhouse gasses. 

Politics: November 2020 holds a major event for the United States. The presidential election will determine whether Donald Trump is reelected for a second term, or if we gain a new president. My election prediction is that Donald Trump will not be reelected. Too much has happened during his presidency that I feel some Republicans no longer support him as their candidate. Ultimately, I think our Democratic candidates will come down to Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.

Clothing: 2019 was the host of many new and interesting trends. Biker shorts made a come-back and thrift shopping became a common trend. Looking to 2020, it’s probable the thrift shopping and sustainable shopping will continue, and it will still be popular to wear those retro looks found in thrift stores. According to Refinery29, oversized clothing will popular as well. This includes large coats, but also wide-legged pants like mom or dad jeans. 

Wishes: Overall, the year 2020 is simply just another year. While it holds lots of potential, nothing magical is bound to happen. That being said, here are two outlandish hopes that I wish 2020 is could provide. First, I want one streaming service with every show. I don’t want to pay for Netflix but then another service so I can watch certain shows or movies. My second wish is for world peace… and no World War III.